The keto diet turns conventional wisdom on its head, promoting the consumption of high-fat foods to encourage the body to burn fat reserves instead of glucose. With this new paradigm proven to promote weight loss and overall health, you might be surprised by some of the foods that you can still eat and enjoy. There are a number of surprisingly healthy foods that deserve their place on a keto menu time and again.
6 Surprisingly Healthy (and Keto) Foods
If you are struggling to figure out where you should focus your dietary efforts, here are a few foods that have been traditionally avoided on a diet but that are now proving themselves healthy.
One of the most common myths of a healthy diet is that all animal fat has a negative impact on your health. To the contrary, animal fat actually proves to be beneficial for some aspects of your overall health. According to one analysis of dietary fat consumption, animal fats prove to be high in saturated fats. Another review of the literature shows that consuming saturated fats in the diet can protect against stroke. 
That being said, many animal fats actually have a higher content of monounsaturated fats. Animal fats from chicken, pork, and beef all fall into this category.
This type of monounsaturated fat can improve lipid profiles, reduce cardiovascular disease risk factors, and minimize hypertension. A lower likelihood of falling into the obese category should also be noted here.  To make the best use of some of these surprising health benefits, you can opt for fattier cuts of meat (which also happen to be less expensive in general). You can even cook your foods in animal fats like lard (pork fat) or tallow (beef fat).
While many people steer clear of dairy when adhering to a keto diet, it can actually be one of the best sources of nutrition if you stick with the plain, high fat variety. One of the many benefits of a low-carb yogurt is that it contains lactobacillus. Even though you may have a higher carb count in a serving of yogurt than in some other foods, this ingredient decreases fasting blood sugar, insulin concentration, and even insulin resistance. 
If you want to indulge your sweet tooth, there may be no better way than choosing a few squares of high cacao dark chocolate. Most dietary experts recommend sticking with a high cacao level of 85 percent or more to tap into the benefits of this superfood.
A few of the benefits of eating a serving of dark chocolate (usually just a couple squares) include:
Modulation of the immune system
Prevention of cardiovascular disease, cancers, and some brain-related disorders
Much like yogurt, many people may try to eliminate dairy snacks like yogurt altogether when dieting. Instead, keto introduces it as part of a healthy and sustainable diet. Cheese of any variety is a great option but preference is given to cheese that is made with unprocessed dairy and high fat content.
While it may have a relatively high degree of saturated fatty acids and even sodium, one long-term research study concluded that these high-fat cheeses promoted fewer instances of type 2 diabetes risk. 
If you want to lighten up your coffee or add a dollop of fresh whipped cream onto a homemade berry cobbler, heavy cream should be your go-to. While high in fat, you can easily find varieties made without added sugar that minimize risk of cardiovascular disease and promote a healthy and balanced diet with lots of vitamins and minerals. 
Many people associate eggs with higher levels of cholesterol and may steer clear of the goodness of a fried egg. However, studies are now showing that dietary cholesterol doesn’t have the impact on blood cholesterol that it was once thought to have. Eggs are balanced food full of both beneficial protein and fats, and you might be missing out if you eliminate them from your diet altogether. These simple foods are a rich source of omega-3 fatty acids, containing the elusive ALA as well as EPA and DHA. 
Finding Surprisingly Healthy Foods for Your Diet
There is more to the keto diet than simply keeping your carb counts low. You also need to make sure that you are consuming foods that benefit your overall health. These surprisingly healthy foods can make a big difference in the variety in your diet and can boost your overall health in a number of ways. Consider which of these surprising foods you can incorporate into your keto menu this week!
Ashley Simpson is a freelance writer dedicated to helping people improve their
lives -- in every way possible. She understands that food and diet are necessary
components to a healthy lifestyle and experiments with both. When she isn't
typing away, she enjoys spending time with her husband and son.
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